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(p. 163) Bullying as a Sociocultural Pathway to Suicide 

(p. 163) Bullying as a Sociocultural Pathway to Suicide
(p. 163) Bullying as a Sociocultural Pathway to Suicide

Joyce Chu

, Johnson Ma

, Bruce Bongar

, and Peter Goldblum

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date: 26 January 2021

Some research and theoretical work suggest that suicide can be a socially and culturally driven phenomenon. We present sociocultural explanations for suicidal behaviors among youth, along with an explanation of the sociocultural pathway from bullying to suicide. We review extant research and leading sociocultural theories that: (a) explain how the act of suicide can be a socioculturally driven choice; (b) show how problems with social structures can lead to suicide; and (c) demonstrate specific sociocultural stressors that put youth at risk for suicide. We discuss how understanding the sociocultural underpinnings of suicide provide invaluable foundations and implications for prevention of suicide among youth who are bullied.

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